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Bite-Size Bulletin: Everything Making Headlines This Week

Last week, we introduced the Bite-Size Bulletin series, a summary of news stories from around the world. It’ll only take six minutes to read and give you the peace of mind that you’re somewhat informed about the news. Now’s your chance to form your own opinions on what’s been making top news. 

Model Adut Akech speaks out about racism 

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I’ve have given some deep thoughts the past few days on how to approach this situation that isn’t sitting well with me.  For those who are not aware, last week @whomagazine (Australia) published a feature article about me. In the interview I spoke about how people view refugees and peoples attitude to colour in general. With the article they published a large photo saying it was me. But it was of another black girl. This has upset me, has made me angry, it has made me feel very disrespected and to me is unacceptable and inexcusable under any circumstances. Not only do I personally feel insulted and disrespected but I feel like my entire race has been disrespected too and it is why I feel it is important that I address this issue. Whoever did this clearly the thought that was me in that picture and that’s not okay. This  is a big deal because of what I spoke about in my interview. By this happening I feel like it defeated the purpose of what I stand for and spoke about. It goes to show that people are very ignorant and narrowminded that they think every black girl or African people looks the same. I feel as though this would’ve not happened to a white model. My aim for this post is not to bash Who Magazine -they have apologised to me directly – but I feel like I need to express publicly how I feel. This has deeply affected me and we need to start an important conversation that needs to happen. I’m sure that I’m not the first person that’s experienced this and it needs to stop. I’ve been called by the name of another models who happens to be of the same Ethnicity, I find it very ignorant, rude and disrespectful towards both of us simply because we know that this doesn’t happen with white models. I want this to be somewhat of a wake up call to people within the industry it’s not OK and you need to do better. Big publications need to make sure that they fact check things before publishing them especially when its real stories and interviews and not just some made up rumors. To those who work at shows and shoots it’s important that you don’t mix up models names. Australia you’ve a lot of work to do and you’ve got to do better and that goes to the rest of the industry

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Top model Adut Akech spoke out about racism in the modelling industry after Who Magazine wrote and published an interview with her but used a photo of the wrong model. She was even the face of this year’s Melbourne Fashion Week, so this is super disrespectful!

Akech claims that this mistake wouldn’t have happened if the story was about a white model. On Insta she wrote, “it goes to show that people are very ignorant and narrow-minded that they think every black girl [looks] the same”.

The decriminalisation of abortion in NSW explained 

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If you’re like me and had no idea that abortion in New South Wales is considered a crime, we’re here to tell you what’s going on with this abortion bill. While abortion still remains in the criminal code in NSW, doctors can still perform abortions if there’s a risk to a woman’s physical and mental health. However, there’s still a legal risk for women who choose to get an abortion.

Opponents to the bill are arguing that sex-selection abortion and ‘legal gendercide’ could become a serious issue if the bill is passed. It’s also being argued that abortions would be performed right up until birth. Legal or illegal, women who want an abortion and aren’t granted one will find alternative ways which are both unsafe and dangerous.

Aussie companies urge employees to walk off the job in protest for climate change 

Australian companies such as Atlassian and Keep Cup are taking part in the Strike 4 Climate Action on the 20th of September and they’re encouraging other companies to do the same.

Inspired by activist Greta Thunberg and the more than 150,000 students who walked classrooms in protest for climate change. Next week, companies are encouraging employees to do the same and walk off the job.

The deportation of the Tamil family 

You’ve heard about the deportation of the Tamil family and the outrage it’s caused. But, how did this start? Priya and Nandes arrived by boat to Australia in 2013, fleeing the persecution of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. The couple married in the Queensland town of Biloela where their two daughters, Kopika and Tharunicaa were born.

At the beginning of 2018, Priya and Nandes’s visas expired resulting in their recent deportation. Though they fear persecution upon their return to Sri Lanka, the family’s appeal was rejected by the Federal Court. The Federal Court claims there’s no evidence that they will be at risk or danger if they return.

The family will remain as asylum seekers on Christmas Island until a decision will be made later this month. Both Priya and Nandes and their Australian-born daughters risk deportation. 

The #mentalhealth and #selfcare Insta profiles you have to follow 

In the era of social media, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and insecure. Insta is great for staying connected to your favourite people, influencers and celebrities. However, it can also leave you with negative feelings about body image and questioning if you’re doing enough. It’s important to follow positive mental health profiles to help boost your self-worth and self-love.

Words by Tamara Bose

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